CBI arrests Manish Sisodia’s ex-aide; Delhi deputy CM hails move

Officer Gopal Krishna Madhav, worked as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Sisodia's office in 2015

Defending the government's reservation of beds for Delhi residents, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that almost 50 per cent of hospital beds were occupied by those who came for treatment from outside. Photo: PTI File

In a late night development, on Thursday (February 6),  in the national capital, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of Delhi’s deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was arrested, by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on charges of bribery.

Coming less than two days ahead of the Delhi polls, the arrest led to charges and counter charges between the BJP and the Aam Admi Party (AAP). While the saffron party alleged that the bribe amount was meant for Sisodia, the deputy CM rejected it outright by patting the CBI and demanding strict action against Madhav.

In a tweet in Hindi, Sisodia said, “I came to know that the CBI has arrested a GST inspector for taking a bribe. This officer was earlier posted as an OSD in my office. The CBI should get him the strictest punishment, immediately. I have got several such corrupt officials caught in the last five years,” he said.

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According to NDTV, Sisodia was quoted as saying “what CBI did is right.”

Madhav was taken into custody for allegedly taking a bribe of over ₹2 lakh in a matter related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), officials said. He was posted in Sisodia’s office in 2015, according to CBI officials.

(With inputs from agencies)

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